Just-as-Brown Pastures: Toronto
In the interim, as members of the Plague singularly decamped and headed up-a-long, other shows occurred. In the spring, a number of artists were invited by JOE CARTER (no relation to Terry?) to perform at a concert at the LSPU Hall on May 1st. These groups included FUSION (an experimental group led by Don Wherry), Wet Cheeze Delirium, Des Walsh and Nina Patey. The result was that a group comprised of Craig Squires, Wallace, Justin, Des and Don, backed up Nina Patey as she sung her songs. This project involved a rehearsal in the hall (all personnel other than Don) on April 30 and the performance by all hands on May 1. Both the rehearsal and the performance were recorded on four track by Mark Oakley (who had not yet decamped) and later that summer were compiled by Wallace and Nina to make yet another Vikki Beat tape: Nina Patey - Making Records. Chalk another one up to the independent spirit.
The second SOUND SYMPOSIUM took place in early July 84, with WCD performing at a lunch hour concert on July 12 in the MUN Art Gallery.... Wallace, Craig, Justin and Des on deck for that one.
One more matter was to be taken care of before Wallace's departure for Toronto. That occurred on July 25 at the grad house: one last Slyme show (the next one - a reunion - would not transpire till 1989). This show, like the previous two in early 84 are noteworthy because they exposed a whole new audience to Da Slyme. When the Plague members left for Toronto in summer 84 there was only THE RIOT and maybe two others to represent the punk scene in St. John's. Others must have been germinating in basements and garages, for when Wallace returned in August 85 there were a half a dozen bands and a whole new scene. The Slyme performances of 84 were attended by a significant proportion of a younger crowd just coming of bar age or able to sneak in, in time to witness Da Slyme's parting hooray (for the time being!).
Wallace slipped across the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the night of Aug.9/84, to join the rest of the Plague who had already pitched camp in Parkdale, Toronto.
Toronto: "the grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" - Robert Hunter - Ramble On Rose.
Ed. Note: At this time we leave once more Da Slyme story and follow the adventures of Wallace, Terry and later Craig in Toronto. Fans of Da Slyme in that city might be interested in the fact that these members performed at a number of venues in Toronto during 1984 & 85. In the interest of getting this material up on the site, we will go quickly over the years between 84 and the present - 99. This section and indeed the previous sections will be updated and modified at a later date. Hopefully not too later a date! ... Wallace
The Bubonic Plague : Mike O'Brien, Mark Oakley, Wallace Hammond (Kirt), and Terry Carter (Pasquali) played the following gigs in Toronto during 84 and 85:
Wallace and Craig also did an experimental gig at ARC GALLERY on Queen St west, June 23 /85. This in a band called ETAWIN SHERLU (forgive me if the spelling is screwed up!). This band was formed by Larry Potter (Toronto percussionist). Jammed a dozen times and performed once.
Wallace returned to Newfoundland in August 85, Mike several months later. Terry still lives and occasionally plays in Toronto. Mark remained in Toronto for many years afterwards. Craig also remained a number of years in Toronto to obtain his Doctorate degree.
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